Best Chinese smartphones under $300, TOP 5

Udner $300 there are a lot of cool phones from a Chinese manufacturers that meets the needs of 90% of customers: they take great photos, play Full HD videos on YouTube and even run games. Next – TOP models in the price range under $300.

1 place – Xiaomi Pocophone F1

In Europe and USA, the price of this smartphone is on average $320 for version 6/64. On Aliexpress you can easily find sellers that offer this model for a $270.

  • Options:
  • Plastic case, 2 SIM support.
  • Android OS 8.1 + upgrade to 9 Pie.
  • IPS display, 6.18 ”, 2246×1080, Gorilla Glass.
  • Processor: Snapdragon 845.
  • Memory: 6 GB of RAM + 64 GB disk + slot for microSD-card (occupies the connector of the second SIM).
  • Main camera: 12 Mp, f / 1.9, 1.4 micron + 5 Mp depth sensor, f / 2.
  • Front camera: 20 megapixel, f / 2.
  • Battery: 4000 mAh, quick charge QC 3.0.
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, infrared face scanner, 3.5 mm jack.

Pros:

  • SoC Snapdragon 845. Usually, the processor is put in expensive flagships.
  • 6 GB of RAM.
  • A cool camera that gets better with the GCam app.
  • Headphone jack and microSD card.
  • Fast Wi-Fi.
  • Face recognition that work in the dark.

Cons

  • Plastic case.
  • No NFC.
  • There are complaints about arbitrary resetting of incoming calls (solved by setting the “Preferred 3G” option in the settings).
  • There is a risk of taking a smartphone with screen gleams. When choosing in a store, it is advisable to check the light by opening a picture with a gray background.
  • The delay of the screen sensor. Although the problem with stable firmware 10.1.3.0 has already been solved.

Pocophone F1 is the only smartphone up to 20 thousand rubles with Snapdragon 845.

2 place – Honor Play

honor play

As the Pocophone F1, this model also received a flagship processor made by HiSilicon.

Options:

  • Android 8.1 + upgrade to 9 Pie.
  • IPS-display, 6.3 ”, 2340×1080, the average color error DeltaE – 4.5.
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 970.
  • Memory: 4/6 GB + 64 GB.
  • Camera: 16 MP, f / 2.2 + 2 MP depth sensor, f / 2.4.
  • Front camera: 16 megapixel, f / 2.
  • Battery: 3750 mAh, fast charging with adapter of 18 watts. The device withstands 25 hours of communication, 11:30 hours of video playback.
  • Connectivity and connectors: Wi-Fi 5 GHz, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, 3.5 mm headphone output, USB Type-C.

Pros:

  • Metal case.
  • High-quality large display.
  • Flagship SoC Kirin 970 in the device up to $300.
  • Solid autonomy.
  • Good camera for taking photos.

Cons

  • Heating the case under load.
  • If  low light the photo are bad.
  • No electrical stabilization when recording 4K. Disgusting quality when recording Full HD 60 FPS.

For its price, this is a great smartphone, and it is almost a flagship. It copes with all tasks, takes good pictures and even unlocks using face recognition.

3 place – Huawei Mate 20 lite

The Mate 20 line includes 4 smartphones – the usual Mate 20, as well as the Pro, Lite and  Mate 20X. The cheapest is Huawei Mate 20 Lite based on HiCilicon Kirin 710 SoC.

Specifications:

  • Aluminum case, support 2 SIM.
  • Android OS 8.1 + upgrade to Android 9 Pie.
  • IPS display, 6.3 ”, 2340 × 1080, 409 ppi.
  • SoC: Kirin 710.
  • Memory: 4/64 or 6/64 GB + dependent slot for microSD-card.
  • Rear camera: 20 Mp, f / 1.8 + 2 Mp depth sensor.
  • Front-facing camera: 24 MP, f / 2 + 2 MP depth sensor.
  • Battery: 3750 mAh + 18 W fast charge.
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 5 GHz, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C, NFC + Google Pay, 3.5 mm jack.

Pros:

  • Cool modern design.
  • NFC chip
  • Good cameras for shooting
  • Full HD video with stabilization.
  • A nice screen with fine-tuning color rendering.
  • Cool optimized EMUI shell.

Cons

  • Dependent slot for flash drives.
  • Intermediate cameras are much worse than on the Pocophone F1. To get a good shot, you need to have straight arms.
  • The lock button has a backlash.
  • In games, the phone is weak due to the Mali video accelerator.

4 place – Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite

The mid-range smartphone from Xiaomi, that got a cool display with accurate colors, and powerful SoC. It has problems, but for its price it is a good choice.

Specifications:

  • Glass case, aluminum frame.
    Support 2 SIM.
  • IPS-screen, 6.26 ”, 2280×1080, 403 ppi. The average error DeltaE – 0.9.
  • SoC: Snapdragon 660.
  • Memory: 4/6 GB RAM + disk 64/128 GB.
  • Main camera: 12 Mp, f / 1.9, 1.4 micron, dual pixel + 5 Mp depth sensor, f / 2.
  • Front camera: 24 megapixel.
  • Battery: 3350 mAh, support for QC 3.0. The smartphone can withstand 30 hours of communication in 3G, 10 hours of video playback

Pros:

  • One of the best screens among mid-range phones.
  • Performance processor.
  • Cool design, solid build and glass case.
  • Record video in 4K 30 FPS.
  • Quick charge QC 3.0.
  • Autonomy.

Cons

  • Dependent slot for microSD-flash.
  • No NFC and 3.5 mm headphone output.
  • Front camera without autofocus. To get normal shots, the phone should always be kept at a distance of 30-40 cm from the face, otherwise get a blurry frame.
  • Always active beautifier on the front camera – you always get frames with smooth shades that distorts the color rendition.
  • The fall of the Wi-Fi signal when covering the upper part of the body with your hand.

5 place – Honor 8X

The new smartphone of middle class made by Chinese developer Huawei – Honor 8X, that received the same processor as the Huawei Mate 20 Lite.

Specifications:

  • Glass case, aluminum frame.
  • IPS-display, 6.5 ”, 2340×1080, Gorilla Glass 3. DeltaE color rendition error – 3.7 in the Warm mode.
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 710.
  • Memory: 4 or 6 GB of RAM + 64/128 GB disk + slot for microSD-card.
  • Rear camera: 20 Mp, f / 1.8 + 2 Mp depth sensor.
  • Frontal: 16 Mp, f / 2.
  • Battery: 3750 mAh, normal charging with 10W adapter . The phone works during 32:21 hours during 3G talk; 12 hours of video playback.
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 5 GHz, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, micro USB 2.0, jack 3.5 mm.

Pros:

  • Cool design.
  • Large contrast display.
  • Solid autonomy with a large display.
  • Optimized shell + fast processor.
  • High quality photos during the day and good in the evening and at night.
  • Dedicated slot for flash.

Cons

  • No fast charge.
  • Old micro USB connector.
  • No 4K video recording.
  • At the nothc there may be uneven illumination caused by the arrangement of the diodes. The defect is visible only on a white background.
  • A strange problem with the touchpad: when the phone is on the table, the screen may respond with a delay on tapas. When you take the device in hand, it works fine.
  • Strange sound in the area of the camera, caused by the work of the focusing lens. This is in many phones, only on the Honor 8X the sound is more audible.

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